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#1 Click

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 03:31 AM

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#2 S. A. Hunt

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 09:00 AM

Your name is almost black on a black background. Fix that, and I think it'll look ten times better.

 

EDIT: Honestly you should probably commission a cover from a professional.



#3 Click

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Posted 11 April 2015 - 09:23 AM

Thanks, that's what I thought too. Unfortunately I dont have a lot of money to spend on covers, and the novel itself will probably only be sold for next to nothing.
A young girl battles with her conscience
as she attempts to escape her
kidnapper's grasp, once and for all. - My new, free short story, Hush https://www.smashwor...oks/view/534254

#4 Midnight Whimsy

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 12:22 AM

Unfortunately, the image itself looks like a blob at thumbnail size, and that's the size that browsing readers are going to see it when shopping online. If your budget is small, I would recommend checking out some pre-made covers; these are covers designed by a pro in advance, then sold only once to an interested author. Here's a good one: http://thebookcoverdesigner.com/ As you can see, some are as affordable as only $35. The designer will customize it with your title and author name.

 

Also, why would you be selling your novel for next to nothing?  :huh:

 

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Posted 12 April 2015 - 01:16 AM

It's only going to be published as an Ebook, and more as an introduction to my writing than anything else. Thanks for the link, will definately check it out.
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Posted 12 April 2015 - 04:58 PM

It's only going to be published as an Ebook, and more as an introduction to my writing than anything else. Thanks for the link, will definately check it out.

 

You don't have to sell at next to nothing just because you're self-publishing it. Your work is worth something, not nothing! :) Make sure to check out other books in your genre and price in the same range. If your book is too inexpensive compared to the rest of the market, many readers will assume it's priced low because the quality is also low.

 

Good luck!

 

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Posted 13 April 2015 - 06:03 AM

Thanks, I've been scanning Amazon Kindle for price ranges
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Posted 11 October 2015 - 12:29 AM

@Click. If your book is a full length novel (read: over 50K words), then selling at $2.99 or $3.99 is not unreasonable at all. Though those price points might seem low, you get 70% of anything $2.99 or above (on Amazon, at least). That means 2 - 3 dollars per copy sold, which is certainly competitive with anything a traditional author would make on  a comparable book at a much higher price point. None of my books are priced over $3.99 and I've made out quite well over the last year. FYI, I agree with S.A. Hunt: higher a cover artist, it really can make all the difference between a book that sells and a book that doesn't (think about self-pubbing as a business, which it is--sometimes you need to invest money to make money). I use Ebooklaunch.com (deluxe package at $150) and have been very happy. Best of luck.

 

Edit: If you really need to do your cover, post your work up at www.covercritics.com for specific feedback and tip designs.



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Posted 19 February 2016 - 11:21 PM

Definitely use a bolder white font for your name.



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Posted 05 March 2016 - 08:13 AM

The typography did the word "ascent" doesn't feel quite right for me. With it being on an angle like that, it *feels more like "descent". And the spacing doesn't seem consistent, that or it's just how the don't you chose is. Perhaps try doing it completely vertical and see how that works.

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Posted 18 March 2016 - 03:01 PM

That website that has pre-made covers is my new favorite.  I don't have much money either, but I paired up with a comic book artist and he charges a decent price for a hand drawn images.  He loves the work because it fits his style and instead of drawing entire panels with text he can work on one large image.

 

Not saying that you should go that route, but just incase you could always find a local artist that fits your style.






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